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Two weekend’s ago Kyle and I went out to IKEA and bought two bookcases for our living room. We are lacking some serious storage around this place, and we wanted something for us to store all our dvd’s and display some pictures.

While we were booking it for the aisles to pick up our boxes of goodies, Kyle spotted a mason jar sitting on one of the shelves. For a measly $3 we picked it up for our brilliant idea we started the previous day.

That mason jar has become our honeymoon fund jar.

We will have money in our bank accounts to pay for our accommodations, but we wanted to save up some cash for food and activities once we get to Florida. We like the idea of trying to just carry cash, because it let’s you see how much you have spent, instead of whipping out that plastic and getting back and seeing your depleted account.

We are throwing in any cash we get or find. I’ve been putting in all my tips that I receive from work, and Kyle has been taking money out whenever we go to the grocery store. It’s been great to save up something together, and be so excited whenever either of us are able to add something to it. Within a little over a week’s time we have already gathered up over $200 in the jar (I caved and counted it this morning, though I didn’t count all the random change). But hopefully our jar will look like this by the time June rolls around:

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It’s official, we have booked our honeymoon. It’s not your typical Hawaii, all-inclusive resort, or a cruise. We didn’t want to blow thousands of dollars on a destination where we of course would absolutely enjoy, but we would probably come back, look at our bank accounts, and shake our heads.

Well we decided to book a 7 day/6 night stay at a bed and breakfast on Amelia Island, located in Florida. I stumbled upon the place after seeing an add in The Knot’s magazine one day, and after reading the ad I came home and did some research about it online. I was in love.

Here are some pictures of the bed and breakfast itself:

The place itself is called The Addison on Amelia Island. It has only 14 rooms, each of which are decorated individually. It has won several awards for best inn and best bed and breakfast, and has consistently been ranked as the number one b&b in florida on tripadvisor.com.

We decided to splurge when it came to picking our room though. Our room is located in the historic main house on the 2nd floor. It features a king sized bed, with a separate shower and a huge soaker tub, and also a private porch:

It might not be the “standard typical” resort type honeymoon, but for us, we will be able to escape for a week, spend it relaxing by going to the beach, maybe hit the spa, and visit their historic state parks. The area also has a ton of restaurants, plus horse back rides on the beach, several cruises, and we can even arrange a horse drawn carriage to take us through the historic district.

It’ll be a great week away from work and time to recoup after all the wedding planning!

The only mention of honeymoon on here was last fall when one of my coworkers got bored at work and called reservations, only to make me a reservation at the JW Marriott for $99 a night. Well over Thanksgiving, we ended up canceling that reservation. Yes, we would have loved to go to Mexico, but the fact of the matter was that even though we got a greatly discounted room rate, flights and food would have cost us a great deal of money.

Our current thoughts for our honeymoon is pretty much anything that we could drive or possibly take a train to. I’m still hooked on going somewhere in the south, it would be easy to drive to, and well let’s face it, I want beach time, and my fiance has never been to an ocean. GASP, I know, we need to fix that.

We looked into taking an Amtrak train up to NYC, which was surprisingly not that expensive, but of course all hotels there are ridiculously expensive, even for one night. Scratch that idea from the list.

I found a quaint little area called Amelia Island, located in northeastern Florida, that I practically fell in love with. They have a ton of B&B’s, and it has that small historic town feeling.

We’ve looked into Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach, and Vero Beach, but the only problem is that because they are such high tourist destinations, the hotel rates can be sky high.

We are at a road block on where we should go. There’s a ton of places out there, and we both don’t have that “OMG, I want to go there!” feeling, minus we’d both like to go to Europe, but that’s WAY out of budget right now.

I honestly have no idea when one should start planning a honeymoon, even when we still have 9 months to go, but the thought always creeps into my head and I begin to daydream of all the wonderful places in the world I’d like to go.

And then reality bursts my bubble…’oh yea, where on earth am I going to get the money to pay for THAT.’

I’m taking care of a lot of the vendor expenses for our wedding, so the thought of shelling out an additional $3500+ for an all-inclusive resort is not really doing it for me. I’ve been looking into other areas…staying within the U.S. so we could drive (save money by not flying), seeing if there is a less expensive all-inclusive resort (I have yet to find out).

Then it dawned on me. I’m a Marriott employee. I can get an employee discount at ANY Marriott in the entire world. The one downside…the associate rate isn’t always available, you just need to find those dates that it is, or have reservations do it for you.

And that’s exactly what my co-worker did last night. Reservations was able to find me a 5 day/4 night stay at the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa for $99 per night.

That’s right $99! Normal price $249 per night. Well I would have been stupid to pass up something like that. I went ahead and booked it online. The nice thing about Marriott reservations is that I won’t even be charged for a deposit. As long as I cancel within 3 days, no charges to my card at all. And I know we’ll have to pay for airfare (as of right now it’d be around $340 roundtrip per person, and of course pay for meals and other stuff…but I think it’d still be cheaper than $3500!!!)

Not bad for a back-up plan in case we can’t agree on something else, or we don’t find anything else we like.

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